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  • Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going

    I've had a variety of Mac Pro and Power Mac servers through the years, but now I have a Mac mini with 92TBs of external storage (4 X 8TB for media, 4 X 8TB for media backup, 1 X 4TB for system backup and 1 X 8TB for standby).  It handles everything just fine for us as a media server for iTunes, Photos, Sonos, Plex, SFTP and HTTP. 

    One major advantage of using it rather than a generic PC is that all your Mac software will run just fine with it, and there's very little learning involved.  Things within the Apple ecosystem will sync automagically and with Remote Desktop, you'll be in very familiar territory.

    For ripping and transcoding... consider getting yet another machine just for this purpose.  I have a MacBook Pro (quad-i7) with a Blu-Ray drive for this purpose.

    I highly recommend Plex.

    Also, instead of ripping to H.264, I'd highly recommend taking a look at ripping to HEVC.  The quality to bit rate ratio is significantly higher.  Use the nightly build of Handbrake if you're going to do this, and keep in mind that ripping will be much longer, but the results will be worth it.

    watto_cobra
  • Video: Stop force closing all apps on your iPhone, it's a waste of time

    There are two types of comments about this topic:

    1) Those who've gone/watched WWDC sessions, read Apple's documentation, develop apps themselves, have worked on iOS, etc... and are re-enforcing the points made in the video.

    2) Those who haven't, but "believe" the video is wrong for some reason they can't adequately explain.

    Choose wisely upon where take your advice.
    ihatescreennamesSolispheric